An update has emerged regarding Crystal Palace’s pursuit of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Delaney.
The report claims that Palace, Southampton and Norwich are all keen on the Denmark international, who is currently competing in the European Championship for his country. He has 12 months left on his contract with the Bundesliga giants and is attracting daily interest from clubs in England.
Crystal Palace fans would surely love it if Steve Parish managed to secure a deal for Delaney this summer. The Eagles chief must sanction a swoop for him in the coming months as he could be an exceptional addition to the squad and improve the quality of the midfield options at their disposal heading into next season.
Irrespective of who the manager is, the Dane could suit what Palace need in the middle as he brings solidity and quality from the holding role.
In 20 starts as a holding midfielder for club and country in the last 12 months, he has averaged an impressive WhoScored rating of 6.96. This comes after he achieved scores of 7.13 and 6.98 across the two previous Bundesliga campaigns, highlighting his consistency and class at the top level.
He has also shown off his versatility for BVB, as club director Michael Zorc praised the “outstanding” performance of Delaney at centre-back after a 1-0 win over Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga last season. The composed midfielder was forced to play at the back due to the club’s injury issues and stepped up with a solid showing.
Zorc said: “We really deserved to win the game. We had to replace Lukasz Piszczek early on, but Thomas Delaney did an outstanding job in central defence.
“The introductions of Haaland and Reus gave us an additional attacking push and we created many goalscoring opportunities. We should have put the game to bed earlier, but we did our job here very well. When you consider as well that we haven’t won here for so long, I’m very satisfied.”
Therefore, the 29-year-old enforcer could be a brilliant signing for Palace, especially given their current midfield options. Luka Milivojevic averaged a lowly WhoScored rating of 6.55 last term, although James McArthur managed a more respectable score of 6.84.
This suggests that Delaney would come in as a step above both players, especially Milivojevic, and considerably improve the Eagles, which is why fans would surely love to see him bossing the midfield at Selhurst Park in the 2021/22 campaign.